American academic to give lecture on Hanoi's Long Bien Bridge

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A special lecture on the historic Long Bien Bridge will be given at the  Cinamatheque by Hanoi University's Douglas Jardine on Sep 26.

 

American academic Jardine, who is an art history researcher, will present the history and meanings of Long Bien Bridge through time, from its creation by the French in the early 20th century to now.

 

The bridge is over 100 years old and has survived several decades of resistance wars against the French and the Americans.

 

The lecture will explore how the Long Bien Bridge today creates a social space for those who have been left behind in Vietnam's economic miracle.

 

The event is a repeat of the lecture on May 16 given by Jardine as a Long Bien Bridge expert and photographer, who has held several photo exhibitions in both Vietnam and the US, including one called Bon mua Long Bien (Long Bien Bridge in four seasons).

 

Registration fees for the lecture is VND80,000. For more information, please email helenshuntley@yahoo.com.

 

Cinematheque is located at 22A Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.

 

Last week, at a seminar in Hanoi, both local and foreign experts suggested that nearly US$240 million be invested in transforming the site into a historical and cultural symbol of the capital city by turning it into a contemporary museum.

Currently, the bridge is still used by trains and other vehicles.

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